So you’ve been told your thyroid function is normal by your doctor, but still suspect you have a thyroid problem? You know, still suffering from symptoms like weight gain, fatigue, thinning hair, digestive problems and/or dry skin to name a few? Or maybe you’re one of the millions already on thyroid medications looking for a possible alternative.
Unfortunately, there are as many as 20 factors that can cause thyroid problems, yet traditional thyroid replacement therapy only effectively treats one of them! When you consider that your thyroid literally runs your metabolism, and every cell in your body has thyroid hormone receptors, even the slightest problem can wreak havoc in your body. Interestingly enough, the majority of “thyroid problems” are not even a problem with your thyroid but rather your immune system! Rather than going in to all the details of how the thyroid works (e.g., T3, T4, TSH, etc., – the internet is full of great research) it’s important you understand the vast majority of things that can go wrong with this system are caused by nutrition and lifestyle.
For instance, food allergies, sensitivities, candida, leaky gut syndrome, environmental toxins, stress, hormone imbalances, digestive issues (acid reflux, bloating, etc.) and blood sugar issues can all cause thyroid problems. Unfortunately, rarely, if ever, are any of these taken into account; so doctors are left to simply prescribe meds. While this approach may help temporarily, it certainly doesn’t address the root cause of the problem and you’re left taking those medications indefinitely. For example, many patients we see suffer from digestive issues they don’t even know they have such as an imbalance in the normal gut flora. This can lead to candida, an overgrowth of yeast in the body. This yeast can “coat” cells making it difficult for thyroid hormones to affect cells properly. So, the symptoms of thyroid disease are present yet the thyroid itself is fine. Eventually gut imbalances can lead to leaky gut syndrome which can cause an autoimmune disease. Ironically, one of which is Hashimoto’s disease, where the immune system essentially attacks the thyroid. In these examples solving the problem can be as simple as fixing the underlying gut issues.